Keep Baby Teeth Healthy – They’re Important

The best way to a healthy adult smile is from the start of the very first tooth. Baby teeth are eventually fully replaced by permanent adult teeth, but they are no less important. Neglecting baby teeth can cause permanent damage.

Placement of Permanent Teeth

One of the most important roles baby teeth play is guiding adult teeth into the correct positions. If baby teeth fall out too soon, it is difficult for adult teeth to place themselves properly and they may grow in crooked. Moving permanent teeth into place without the benefit of placeholders of baby teeth requires orthodontic intervention such as braces.

Teach Nutrition and Chewing

Cavities in baby teeth have links to poor diet. Decaying teeth also cause pain and discomfort while biting and chewing. Being unable to chew normally due to pain can impact normal development of the jaw muscles and influence developing eating habits.

Boost Child’s Self Confidence

Prematurely losing baby teeth due to decay can impact a child’s ability to learn to speak effectively. Missing teeth alter the mouth’s ability to form words. Engrained speech issues can cause difficulty and hurt a child’s confidence. Decaying teeth can also make a child feel self-conscious while a healthy smile promotes positive self-esteem.

Teaching children good oral hygiene is the best way to prevent permanent damage. Caring for your child’s teeth begins with regular cleanings at Carolina Smiles Dentistry. Your dentist will demonstrate healthy dental care for your child’s future healthy smile.

Practicing good dental hygiene habits and bringing your child in for regular visits to Carolina Smiles Dentistry can keep their baby health in tip-top shape. Call our office at 919-620-6700 to schedule an appointment for your child.

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